Monday’s Maven

October 4th, 2010 in Monday's Maven

Monday’s Maven

Full Name: Amy Dotson


Location: St. George, Utah

kids: Mattie and Zoe

One Word that Describes You: Loyal

What makes you smile? My sweet little family

What is one of your dreams you hope to accomplish soon? I want to be able to run around the entire orchard behind my house. It’s huge. :)

One of Your favorite motherhood moments? I will give you two favorite moments. 1st – the day I gave birth to and held my sweet Mattie for the first time. An unforgettable moment I hope to experience again someday. 2nd – the day Zoe arrived. She wanted to call me mommy from the very first day. I turned into a puddle both days.

What is your guilty pleasure? My guilty pleasure…. reading in bed with a delicious treat. 😉

What do you love most about you? I adore being a mother. It is the one thing I have wanted, without a change of heart, my entire life. Although I have LOTS of room for improvement, I think I am pretty good at it!

Favorite Holiday? My favorite holiday, hands down, is Christmas. I love the sights, sounds, and smells of the season. That time of year fills my soul with warmth and makes me want to be better.

Who is your hero? I have many heroes and people I look up to. However, without getting to mushy, I will say my dear husband. He has overcome so much in his life to become the amazing husband and father that he is today. I look to him for strength and peace daily. My girls know that with daddy they are safe and loved. What more could a girl want?!

I also wanted amy to share a recent development in her family:

On August 23rd, 2008 my cousin Cecilee and Uncle David (father/daughter) were killed in a devastating plane crash in Moab, UT. Cecilee left behind her 2 year old daughter Zoe. For two years, Zoe lived with her father, but she also spent a lot of time with her maternal grandmother. It was a difficult time for everyone, especially Zoe. You could see it on her face. In July 2010, Zoe had to be removed from her father’s care by the state of Utah. It was a traumatic experience for little Zoe. As if she needed more in her life.

When we heard of the situation, we felt sad for little Zoe and wished there was some thing we could do. It didn’t hit us until almost a week later what we could do. After a lot of prayer, tears, doubts, fears, miracles, more tears, and a lot more prayers we expressed our desire to raise Zoe. When we made our decision, we made it for keeps. Not just for the time we would be foster parents, but forever. Although we comply with all the state requests and we provide visits with her father, our desire is to adopt. We have many more months of hoop jumping, court hearings, caseworker visits, and counseling appointments before anything is settled, but she is with us for now.

My heart fills to overflowing when I think of the miracles we have witnessed thus far. For example, two twin beds, complete with bedding, showed up the VERY DAY I needed them (the day before Zoe arrived). Our background checks went through in record time.  The reasons for my husbands resent employment changes made complete sense (finally!). Every day there is a new challenge that no 4 year old should have to face, but we deal with each one as they come. When I look at Zoe, I see her mother. I feel Cecilee as I take care of her child. Although I still question the fairness of me raising Zoe and not Cecilee, I also know that God’s hand is in all things. This knowledge allows me to sleep at night. It also helps me keep things in proper perspective.

**BTW, Mattie and Zoe are both 4 (only 3 months apart). Also, if anyone wants to read more about our new family, there is more info on my blog. :)

Amy is one of my favorite people I have met from blog land, I wish she lived closer to me, all of our girls would have crazy fun together. Thanks Amy for letting me feature you!


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